We are all standing dumbstruck in front of a Giant Onion whose layers are being peeled off one at a time. With each layer exposed, the reality dawns brighter and we are beginning to discover real meaning behind current events.
Looking back even over the last year reveals a ground shift in Global power as each player shuffles in to a more dominant and convincing position. Since the “Credit Crunch” began early last year we have seen Russia and China form a mutual defense pact, Russia and China asserting their ties to Iran and making it extremely clear that any attack on Iran would be a direct attack on Russia and China’s economic interests. We have seen a gradual willingness on the part of the US to withdraw from Iraq, the only caveat being that they leave behind a compliant dictatorship that will nurture US corporate interests. The backlash from the Iraqi opposition and Al Sadr has been vehement that this arrangement will definitely not fly. We have also heard NATO commanders saying that Afghanistan is an unwinnable war. Big surprise here, you cannot win a ground war with aerial bombardment, that lesson was well learned in Vietnam. The Taliban have all but taken over Kabul by now and “President” Hamid Karzai is soiling his Gucci underwear with the seeming retreat of his buddies who forced him in to power in 2001.
We have also seen the failed US backed attempt to retake the breakaway regions in Georgia. The Russians knew exactly what this was about. The US has specialized for decades in sub surface interference in other countries all over the world to further strategic / Economic goals. The Russians sent the US a very verbose message by crushing Georgia and destroying it’s military infrastructure, and, I may say, with absolute justification. This was a backdoor invasion of Russia’s interests and territorial integrity and had to be resisted. No use in Europe and the US calling Sour Grapes on this one; you wake the Bear, he’s going to come after you!
We also have seen a more conciliatory tone come from Washington vis a vis Iran and it’s Nuclear program. All the screaming and shouting of Israel is losing force in the US as the later realize that they are a power whose day of reckoning is dawning and there is very little they can do about it. The US now wants to reestablish diplomatic ties with Iran in an attempt to have it take up the role of Cop on the Block in the Middle East. Too little too late, the Russians and Chinese were playing chess while the US had a mentally challenged cowboy trying to understand the rules of checkers.
Nemesis is a bitch.
In Europe, we are beginning to see a gradual polarization of interest as each country realizes that the European Community is just that, but in name only. Each sovereign state has it’s own particular problems to deal with as the tidal wave of economic payback crashes over different beaches.
Ireland, for example, is basically an agricultural country, as it always has been fundamentally; it was only after Ireland joined the EU that we got the money to change our country around. The fatal mistake , however, was that we relied on giving US companies huge tax breaks to settle there and employ hundreds of thousands of Irish people who suddenly found themselves living the American Dream. Little did we realize that our employers would move on as soon as they found a cheaper country.
Germany, on the other hand, already had it’s huge industrial powerhouse grinding along in the Ruhr valley and elsewhere. These Germans knew from bitter experience that a powerful industrial base is the engine of an economy. Being subject to the whims of foreign companies who outsource to the lowest bidder Is not.
This is exactly what happened in the US but with a cruel twist. It was the US government themselves that facilitated the outsourcing of American jobs to Asia and elsewhere. Thus have they created an unfillable void that has destroyed the country. Make no mistake, the Financial crisis in the US will only get worse and what you are seeing from the Government is the wholesale looting of the public coffers before the game is up. Period.
Iran, China, and Qatar are now in the process of forming a natural gas consortium somewhat along the lines of OPEC. With Venezuela looking to get in to OPEC, as well and the defense cooperation between Russia and Venezuela, the pieces are moving around the board and Uncle Sam can only look on and despair. So, knowing the game is up, the US oligarchy – that is exactly what it always has been – take to what they know best: Robbery.
Interesting comment from Colin Powell the other day ( This man has an uncanny knack for spilling beans where one would assume he shouldn’t)…
"The problems will always be there and there's going to be a crisis which will come along on the 21st, 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now.
So I think what the President has to start to do is to start using the power of the oval office and the power of his personality to convince the American people and convince the world that America is solid, that America is going to move forward, we are going to fix our economic problems, we're going to meet out overseas obligations."
Well, what do we make of this ? Powell is more or less conceding the game right there. By “meeting our foreign obligations” does he mean that the US pays back all those 30 trillion dollars worth of IOU’s that the US has been sending over to Japan, China etc over the last 30 years after Nixon pulled the plug on the Gold standard and the American Dollar ? Nixon had no choice to do that as there was not enough Gold to cover the bill.
Payback is a Bitch.
Looks like the current administration, after having created the mess, wants to dump it in to Obama’s lap. But where’s the problem ? They have already looted the nation and spread the loot amongst themselves and their buddies. Poor Barack Obama thought he could just walk in and change things, but as the campaign wound on he did realize that it’s a rigged game and the proper tribute had to be paid to his masters in Washington and Israel.
So, all in all folks, looks like Uncle Sam , as the United States of America,has pretty much thrown in the towel. What beast will be incarnated to replace it no doubt will be revealed the “New World Order” that everyone is talking about these days.